The most beautiful Sneakers made by the “Godfather of designer Toy.”
Known as the “Godfather of designer Toy,” Michael Lau is an artist born in Hong Kong in the 1970s, at the height of industrialization. At that time, the Southeast Metropolis of China exported various kinds of toys all over the world. Lau accumulated and treasured each and every toy like a small treasure, not playing with it, but caring for it like a work of art. His growing passion born from childhood led him to become a designer of toys, conceived as an art form.
After completing his studies, he expands his knowledge toward the creation of Action Figures and shortly thereafter, in 1999, he would create a series destined to make Collectible Toy history: “Gardener,” 99 original 12-inch action figures that would later become iconic characters in his artistic output. Due to the global success of the series, Lau will exhibit at the Hong Kong Art Centre: the exhibition will overturn the common conception of the toy as a mass-produced, low-cost, low-quality product, positioning it in the luxury market of art objects and in limited editions.
After this exhibition, “Gardener” Action Figures will come to several cities in Japan, London, Paris and the Taipei Museum of Contemporary Art.